Weirdness Abounds in Cox Expenditure Report
Duplicate Entries. Curious Choices. What's Going on Here?
Anytime you look at the expenditures for a campaign finance entity, you can get an insight as to how a campaign is being run and what the campaign is prioritizing.
In the case of Dan Cox and his campaign, his expenditure report is a case of questionable choices and bad bookkeeping.
In many instances in Cox’s campaign finance report, there are duplicate entries. For example, here is an entry listed twice for a Cox trip to Palm Beach, Florida to see Donald Trump.
Yes, donors paid for Dan Cox to take a side quest to Florida. But they also paid for side quests to Colorado.
Apparently, donors are spending hundreds for Cox to fly around the country being at Donald Trump’s beck and call. Also, notice that Frontier is misspelled.
There are additional costs for travel too, including some very weird “meeting expenses” with America Airlines. What are you spending $18.48 on with American Airlines? Food? Booze? Are these “meeting expenses”? Hardly.
Not that there aren’t other examples of Dan Cox attempting to eat on his donor’s dime. Cox claimed that he “loaned” the campaign money. To pay for his own dinner.
Cox also claims to have loaned the campaign $17,1000 in “mileage/fuel expenses at the federal rate”
However, at a rate of 58.5 cents per mile, this means that you have to assume that Cox drove 29,381. In five months. Which seems unlikely.
It also does not explain why the Cox campaign claimed multiple expenditures for fuel as Cox claimed mileage expenses.
Josiah Cox was being reimbursed nearly semi-regularly for field costs.
This was during the period that Josiah Cox was serving as Dan Cox’s “security”.
He wasn’t the only Cox child to get paid. One of Cox’s daughters, Chastity, was also paid for “website development”.
The most interesting of all of this is that Dan Cox still has nobody actually on the payroll. In March, we reported that Cox was still in search of people to work on sign installation, data entry, and as a campaign manager. And yet, months later, the Cox paid $0.00 in salary in this period.
It’s all a very weird report. And while it’s nowhere near as troubling as a Pat McDonough report, it’s still a report of a campaign in crisis